From the Principal

Bill Rawson ’71; P’08 was appointed Exeter’s 16th principal in January 2019 after six months of leadership as the Academy’s interim principal. Rawson’s return to Exeter followed a 32-year career at the international law firm of Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. He volunteered in nearly every capacity at the Academy during that time, from leading class reunions to serving as trustee from 2004-16. 

Prior to attending Stanford Law School, Rawson served as an Admissions officer at PEA, where he lived on campus, advised students and coached lacrosse. “I then took a 40-year leave of absence,” he quipped to students during a special assembly announcing his appointment. “I am delighted to be back. I am excited to be your principal.” 

Rawson has committed to spending much of his time with students, to ensure their Exeter experiences continue to be transformative, now and in the future. 

The founders wrote, ‘the time of youth is the important period, on the improvement or neglect of which depend the most weighty consequences, to individuals themselves and the community.’ … It is the singular reason our school exists today."
Principal Bill Rawson

Writings and remarks

The Exeter Bulletin, Spring 2024

A culture of gratitude

The Exeter Bulletin, Winter 2024

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The power of 'youth from every quarter'

The Exeter Bulletin, Fall 2023

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A letter to our community

Affirming our mission-based approach to enrollment, July 1, 2023

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A letter to the community announcing the need-blind admissions process, Nov. 3, 2021

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2022 Opening Assembly
2023 Commencement 


The Exeter Bulletin

A message of gratitude Winter 2023
Non sibi and the environment Spring 2023
The power of 'youth from every quarter' Fall 2023


Other Communications
A letter to our community July 1, 2023


2021 Opening Assembly
2022 Commencement


The Exeter Bulletin
Finding Joy Fall 2021
Building on Strength Winter 2022
Student Teachers Spring 2022

Feeling at Home Fall 2022

Other Communications
Academy Update February 17, 2022


2020 Opening Assembly

2021 Commencement 


The Exeter Bulletin
Our values in action Fall 2020
Individual growth and public purpose Winter 2021
Exeter lives within each of us Spring 2021


Other Communications
Our commitment to justice April 21, 2021


2019 Opening Assembly 

2020 Virtual Assembly

2020 Commencement


The Exeter Bulletin
The Exeter way Fall 2019
Open to all Winter 2020
The community within us Spring 2020


Other Communications
Letter to the Exeter community June 29, 2020
An update on Exeter's virtual spring term April 13, 2020


2018 Opening Assembly

2019 Commencement


The Exeter Bulletin
Always for Exeter Fall 2018

Other communications

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Exeter Today

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement

We're committed to assembling a diverse community, and teaching skills, modeling behaviors, providing resources and cultivating the environment that unlocks the richness of that diversity.

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Exeter People

We share a passion for education, a commitment to excellence, boldness of thinking, and an openness to solving problems.

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